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A tropical research treasure faces difficult times

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Science  25 Sep 2020:
Vol. 369, Issue 6511, pp. 1561
DOI: 10.1126/science.369.6511.1561

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As a new wave of tropical biologists rises in Costa Rica, an institution that has propelled many of their careers has fallen on hard times. The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), a 57-year-old nonprofit that runs education programs and field stations in Costa Rica, this year began to emerge from a financial quagmire only to face disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Although Costa Rica recently opened its borders to some visitors, OTS revenues from station fees and courses remain mostly on hold until the pandemic ends. When OTS emerges from its crisis, a new collaboration with the University of Costa Rica should help make it sustainable.

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